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[boor-shuh n-shahft]
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noun, plural Bur·schen·schaf·ten [boor-shuh n-shahf-tuh n] /ˈbʊər ʃənˌʃɑf tən/. German. (at German universities)
  1. any of certain associations of students formed to promote patriotism, Christian conduct, and liberal ideas but now primarily social fraternities.
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  1. a students' fraternity, originally one concerned with Christian ideals, patriotism, etc

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literally: youth association
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